Centered around his 2021 collection 'Ballad of a Happy Immigrant', we will explore Leo Boix’s arrival in the UK as a young queer man, his relationship with nature and his bilingual existence of English imagination and Spanish language.

Through readings, discussion, live music and film, the event will be a celebration of an important modern-day poet alongside other contemporary Latinx performers (including poet Janel Pineda), providing audiences the opportunity to experience the United Kingdom as a place of arrival and eventual home.

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Leo Boix is a Latinx bilingual poet and translator. A fellow of The Complete Works Poetry, he was awarded the Keats-Shelley Prize in 2019. Born in Argentina, he now divides his time between London and Deal, Kent.

Janel Pineda is a Los-Angeles born Salvadoran poet, educator, and the author of Lineage of Rain (Haymarket Books, 2021). She has performed her poetry internationally in both English and Spanish, and been published in various anthologies. Since her involvement with the 2018 Radical Roots Delegation, Pineda is also a member of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). As a Marshall Scholar, Janel holds an MA in Creative Writing and Education from Goldsmiths, University of London and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge.